A Special Kind Of Evil: The Colonial Parkway Serial Killings


For four years a killer, or killers, stalked Virginia’s Tidewater region, carefully selecting victims, sending waves of terror into the local community.

This isn’t usually the type of book I would normally go for but I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and read this!
The Colonial Parkway Murders are eight murders that took place in Virginia in the late 1980’s.
8 Murders that have never been solved.
The crimes had four pairs of victims over a four-year period, Cathy Thomas aged 27 and Rebecca Dowski age 21 in 1986, David Knobling age 20 and Robin Edwards age 17 in 1987, Keith Call and Cassandra Hailey age 18 (whose remains have yet to be discovered) in 1988, and Annamaria Phelps age 18 and Daniel Lauer age 21 in 1989.
And then the killings stopped completely.
Almost 30 years on Father and daughter true crime authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester have taken a fresh look into these cold cases and provide a complete in-depth look at the string of horrific murders and disappearances.
They have done a really good job with this book, it is well researched, going over the evidence and re interviewing people who were involved in the cases at the time.
They have given clear detailed descriptions of each crime scene and the investigations that took place.
But they have focused more on the lives of the victims and the impact that it has had on their families which is a credit to them.
Unfortunately there are still so many unanswered questions and no sign of being answered anytime soon.
A very interesting book, I just wish for the families that this case ends up with justice being served.

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